Do you feel as though your stomach is resistant to diet and exercise? Do you have excess skin around your middle? It may be time to consider a tummy tuck. Board-certified plastic surgeon Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., is proud to offer tummy tucks to the residents of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida at his Aventura office.
Why is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed from the abdominal area. The results of a tummy tuck are a flatter, smaller abdomen. With regular exercise and moderate diet, the results of a tummy tuck can last many years.
How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?
The tummy tuck is a corrective procedure for individuals with sagging skin and loose muscles. For this procedure, general anesthesia will be necessary. During the procedure, Dr. Rubinstein will make an incision across the lower stomach and lift the skin to tighten the abdominal muscles and eliminate excess skin and fat. The skin is then placed in its new location, excess skin and fat is removed, and the remaining skin in sutured. The process typically takes no more than three hours. The result is a smaller, tighter belly area with no excess skin.
What Can I Expect After a Tummy Tuck?
Following a tummy tuck procedure, the incision will be bandaged, and a tube may be inserted to drain fluids. Most patients are observed overnight, though some patients can go home within a few hours of the surgery. You should arrange for transportation and extra household help for a few days following the procedure.
The immediate side effects can include swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. Dr. Rubinstein will prescribe medication to help with any discomfort a patient may experience. Dr. Rubinstein also offers pain pumps to help keep you comfortable for the first week after surgery. Patients are encouraged to remain mobile following the procedure in order to promote circulation. Drains for excess fluid and support garments will be recommended to patients for the weeks following the procedure.
Depending on individual circumstances, patients feel completely recovered in anywhere from one to three months. We recommend that patients return to work two to four weeks following the surgery depending on symptoms and recovery. In a few months, patients report feeling “normal” and seeing full results from their tummy tuck.
Who is a Strong Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tucks are some of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. Many individuals with excess skin and loose, sagging abdominal muscles would benefit from this procedure. Women considering getting pregnant may be recommended to wait until after childbirth for the procedure.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Miami, FL?
Tummy tucks can be a life-changing procedure, but the procedure is not considered medically necessary. Insurance will not provide coverage for cosmetic procedures, so Dr. Rubinstein developed a financing
program for his patients.
It’s time to schedule a tummy tuck and feel better about your body. If you live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or South Florida, contact Dr. Rubinstein at his Aventura office today. Dr. Rubinstein welcomes new patients and will be happy to answer any questions you have about the tummy tuck procedure.